Friday, April 8, 2011

Call for submissions: Toronto Urban Film Festival 2011

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TIFF) is now accepting submissions for its 5th edition of the festival. It runs concurrently with the Toronto International Film Festival from September 9-18, 2011. It accepts silent one-minute films that will be shown to over 1.3 million daily commuters in the Toronto subway system.

Although they have not officially announced the themes and jurors for this year, last year's themes were Urban Encounters and Other Stories; Our Environment and Urban Growth; The Medium is the Message; Urban Ideas and Politics; Urban Journeys; The City is a Poem; and After Night Falls.

The festival is open to submissions from anywhere in the world. Last's year's 1st Place prize winner was Ahmet Serif Yildirim from Yenibaglar, Turkey. The festival offers over $10,000 in cash and in-kind awards. In addition to the first, second and third place prizes, they have awards for Best In Category as well as the Nash McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers, Most Ambitious Film by a Local Female Director, Viewers Choice Award, Best Environmental Film by a Canadian Filmmaker, Best Animation by a Local Artist, Best Local 1st-Time Filmmaker, and Best Local Screenplay.

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2011. It is free to submit prior to June 1s. After that date, there will be submission fees: $10 (June 1 - June 30) and $15 (July 1 - July 15). Films can be submitted through the TUFF website:

Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) 2011

2011 Call for Submissions
Deadline: July 15

Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine's '20 Coolest Film Festivals,' the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), is the only festival of its kind in North America. A 10-day public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily, TUFF features the best ultra-short film, video and animation in all genres.

TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winning films.

The festival runs from September 9 - 18, 2011, at the same time as TIFF. Film are presented on the network of 300 subway platform screens inside the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), and featured on the TUFF website, where people can vote for the Viewer's Choice award.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to submit urban-themed works, as well as works that would be of interest to an urban population. All submissions must be exactly 60-seconds and silent.

Making a great one-minute film, that's TUFF!


Submit your film before June 1st and avoid the $10 entry fee. Fees rise to $15 on July 1st.

TUFF is co-produced by ONESTOP Media Group and Art for Commuters.

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